Jenna Dages

ECU senior forward Jenna Dages.

The East Carolina University women’s soccer team took home their first win of the season this past Friday against the University of North Carolina at Asheville, dominating them 5-0.

The Pirates now have a record of 1-2-1 while the Bulldogs dropped to 1-3-0, losing their second home match.

"First of all, we want to thank Asheville for hosting us on short notice," head coach Jason Hamilton said. "Getting these games in before conference play is important to be able to improve and grow as a team."

In the Pirates’ first three matches, they had a rough time finding the back of the net, only scoring one goal in those games. However, on Friday, it only took ECU 26 minutes get on the board against the Bulldogs. Junior forward Cashlin Copley was able to find senior forward Jenna Dages for her first goal of the season.

It was a Pirate take over in the second as they went to snag another goal. Dages was able to find Cashley and Cashley found the back of the net for a goal of her own.

The game continued to progress to minute 61 where senior midfielder Marianna Shurina sent a corner kick in and junior midfielder Madie Knaggs was there to put it in.

The Pirates continued to build through the half as they created two more goals within three minutes of each other. A pass from freshman midfielder Alyssa Palmucci was played to sophomore forward Lauren Hollis who was able to score in the 73 minute mark. The last goal of the match was at the 76 minute when junior forward/midfielder Tori Riggs was able to score her first goal of the season on her own efforts.

"The second half breakout was what we've been waiting for," Hamilton said. "Even with a third of our team out injured, we know we have a quality group and it was good to see them start clicking."

ECU had 24 shots to the Bulldogs three and also had an 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. In goal, redshirt junior goalkeeper Melanie Stiles had two saves in the 70 minutes that she played. Sophomore goalkeeper Meaghan Haley made her way into the game for the first time to finish the last 19 minutes in a shutout. For the Bulldogs, junior goalkeeper Bryson Lee had seven stops in goal.

"I've always said winning is contagious and getting that first one is sometimes difficult,” Hamilton said. "Now we just need to build off that game moving forward and continue to improve."

The Pirates will be away from home again today where they will be taking on the Virginia Military Institute at 1 p.m.

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